DIX HILLS - Parents demanded answers today at a meeting about Half Hollow Hills School District's decision to shut down two elementary schools.

The school board announced last week that Forest Park and Chestnut Hill elementary schools will close at the end of the year due to declining enrollment.

Parents say the district is closing the wrong school. They say they don't want their children sent across town to Vanderbilt Elementary School, which is on busy Route 231. They also say they're concerned because Vanderbilt's playground is in front of the school.

The board says the purpose of the meeting was to answer parents' questions, but says the decision to close the schools is final.

The closures are expected to save the district about $3 million.

The school's superintendent says she will review parents’ health concerns and try to have answers for them at the next meeting on Nov. 18.